Arbonne Part Deux: Day 25, 26 and 27

I am 12 hours away from being finished with my second Arbonne 28 day detox boot camp! I am feeling so good right now, that I thinking I am really going to stick to the 80/20 rule this go round. I am going to reintegrate pork, all fruits, corn and wine back in. Going to stick to enjoying wine to once a week during the weekend. I am also going to stay away from boxed snacks even if they do say gluten-free. I am still 3 weeks away from race and I don’t want to erase this awesome feeling! Tomorrow I will share my weight loss and possibly my before and after pics.

Day 25

Woke up and made a berry shake and made a detox iced tea to go. I had an Arbonne workshop in the morning so I snacked on some granola, blueberries and strawberries. For lunch I had a quick shake and some black rice tortilla and humus. Afternoon was busy and we didn’t get to eat dinner until after 7:30. I had zucchini spaghetti and Bolognese sauce.

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After dinner I finished my day with a detox tea.

Day 26

Since it is a Saturday I had more time in the morning and I made a pumpkin smoothie this morning. It was delicious. I added about 3 table spoons of organic canned pumpkin, fiber, probiotic, almond milk , one scoop vanilla and one scoop chocolate protein. I also added pumpkin spice and cinnamon.  For a mid morning snack I had trail mix and an iced detox tea and fizz stick. For lunch we went to a local sports bar Maxie’s. I had their tequila lime chicken sandwich with no bun and added grilled peppers and avocados on top and a side salad. It was delicious. For an afternoon snack I had rice cakes and almonds. In the evening we had a pot roast with pumpkin, green beans and carrots. It was perfect b/c it was a brisk evening. I finished my night with a detox tea.

Day 27

I started my day with a berry shake and took a hot detox tea to go since it was a chilly morning. After Mass and Religious Ed I had two adobaba tacos with cabbage, cilantro, onions and some lime. I asked for tortilla this time, because I was tired of the weird looks I would get when I asked for it without it. I just didn’t eat the tortilla. Since it was just the meat and veggies, I was still hungry when I got home so I made a macaroon shake with a table-spoon of almond butter. While at my afternoon Arbonne Workshop I had some raspberries and grapes ( I know not an authorized detox fruit), I also had the leftover fit chews that no one sampled. For dinner I am having leftover pot roast and will finish my evening with a detox tea.

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Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 4

Today I am going to highlight the fabulous Energy Fizz Sticks you hear me talk about. Unlike many high sugar, highly caffeinated products on the market today, great tasting Energy Fizz Sticks contain B vitamins, riboflavin and niacin to help support energy-yielding metabolism.The Get-Up-and-Go Blend contains targeted botanicals like green tea with EGCG, guarana, ginseng with ginsenosides, and taurine help to support energy naturally.

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Benefits

  • Take 2-3 Fizz Sticks to temporarily: Help reduce fatigue, promote alertness and enhance cognitive performance
  • Help promote endurance and enhance motor performance
  • Contains antioxidants to help fight damage from free radicals
  • Contains an adaptogenic herb combined with B vitamins and chromium to help boost energy
  • A healthy supplement drink — only 13 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar per stick pack
  • Quick-dissolving powder
  •  No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
  • Gluten-free, Certified Vegan

If you are a caffeine addict this will help you get through the 28 days. These are very nice morning or mid afternoon pick me ups. They leave you refreshed and best of all you do not crash from it like you do with other energy drinks.

Day 4

This morning I woke up and did my morning routine of probiotic, detox tea, Berry shake (frozen berries, tbsp almond butter, scoop of vanilla, scoop of chocolate, scoop of fiber). I went for a 5 mile walk run. The first half was great, but the second half was a HUGE struggle. I think it wasn’t wise for me to run that long (for me) in the first week. I should have just stuck with 3 miles. It was in my training plan for the 10K I am training for so I figure I would try. It really affected the rest of my day I was so tired! It didn’t help that it was a very hot and muggy day. After my run I had a recovery smoothie with half a banana, strawberries and tbsp of almond butter. I tried to add as much as I could to recoup some calories because I burned close to 800 calories (according to my heart rate monitor). I also had a fizz stick with 32 ounces of water.  For lunch I had the fajitas, brown rice, guac and pico. That was leftover from last night and then a little bit later I had a black bean tortilla with hummus. After I picked the kids up at school I had a pack of trail mix. I really tried to drink a lot of water today, especially after my run. For dinner I had the same fajitas (it really made a lot). I then went to an Arbonne gathering and I had a few detox friendly goodies. Once I got home I had my detox and I am ready to call it a night. Tomorrow I am going to be at my youngest’s school for half the day should be interesting how I can get some snacks in. Night night everyone!!!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 2

I am going to take this time around to talk a little bit more about the Arbonne products used  in the detox. Today I am going to highlight the heartbeat of the detox which is the protein powder.protien

 

Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Mix has a perfectly balanced blend of vegan protein from pea, rice and cranberry, as well as functional fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, flax-seed, and a unique botanical blend for targeted benefits. Just two scoops contain 20 grams of protein to help you feel satisfied and deliver a 100% amino acid score, an indicator of how efficiently protein will meet amino acid needs, to help support muscles. Clinically tested and certified to have low glycemic index, the shakes are low enough in sugar to avoid spikes in blood sugar glucose levels. Blend with a variety of fruits and vegetables for an extra nutrient boost.

Here are some of the benefits:

• Certified low glycemic index

• Protein contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass

• Contains easily digested vegan protein

• Contains over 20 vitamins and minerals to support good health

• Chromium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels◊

• Gluten-free • Dairy-free; ideal for the lactose-intolerant • No whey or soy proteins • Kosher-certified • No saturated fats, trans fats or cholesterol • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners

If weight loss is your main goal while on the detox than we suggest you replace 2 meals with a shake. We provide delicious and filling shake recipes. I have only replaced when I am in a hurry. What is great is that you know you are getting all the nutrients you need in the shake! If you have worked out for an hour you can have this a recovery shake with a banana yum yum! I also have the shake without banana if I workout less than one hour and also for a quick on the go snack, but I usually just put it in a shaker I don’t add additional ingredients.

Day 2

I woke up a little brighter this morning! I did my morning routine of tea, probiotic and shake. I made a berry shake with fiber, almond butter, coconut milk and vanilla and chocolate protein.  I went for a 2.38 mile run it felt ok, I struggled a bit. I didn’t really exercised that much during my last detox, but I am going to try to keep up with my running training this time. I came home around 8:30am and I grabbed a small 6 ounce shake to take with me as I went to get my hair done. I wanted to make sure I had something to snack on. For lunch I met some friends at a local favorite restaurant 195. It is really detox friendly. I had a greek salad, but without the dressing, cheese and toast.

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I was still hungry so I ate some of my friends chicken and beets. On my way out I ordered a buchi air (kombucha) to go.

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I am low on fizz sticks and that seemed to give me the energy to finish out the afternoon. I have an Arbonne meeting this evening so we will be eating dinner early. I am making spaghetti with meat sauce (grass-fed). Instead of regular spaghetti I am going to eat steamed zucchini. My friend Amy (Yeah, you made the blog 2 days in a row!) gave me this idea and also showed me what veggie slicer to buy. It was the easiest thing to slice!IMG_3752

 

Here is my dinner it was delish! The zucchini spaghetti was good. I steamed it and it was slightly crunchy, I was afraid to over steam it, but I liked it that way. Better slightly crunchy than mushy.  The Trader Joes Rustica sauce is detox friendly and pairs nicely with the meat.

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I enjoyed my detox tea when I got home from my meeting. Have a good night!

Arbonne Detox Part Deux: Day 1

Hello again, I am sorry I have been away. I decided to take a summer hiatus from the blog, but I am back and ready to go! When I last left you, I had just finished the Arbonne 28 day detox and had great results. I am proud to say that I continued to be mindful of what I put in my mouth for most of the summer. I lost an additional 3lbs and felt and looked good! I came to the realization that dairy and gluten are not my friends and I have stayed away from them for about 80% of the time. When I do indulge I have to pay the price with an eczema broken out face. It really isn’t a pretty sight. At the tail end of the summer I started to lose the detox refreshing feeling, I was starting to feel sluggish and gained a few pounds that I had lost post detox. I was planning on doing the detox again in September so I could be ready for the Marine Corp 10K I am running at the end of October, but with a not so healthy August I am even more excited to be back on!

For those of you that didn’t follow me before I will give you a quick review of this detox. The Arbonne 28 day detox is based on clean and whole food eating. We take away the foods that are not good for you. The goal is to bring your body’s ph to neutral so we remove all the acidic producing foods and replace them with alkaline producing foods. It is not a fad and it is not a diet. It’s an entire new way of eating. We use Arbonne products such as their vegan protein, probiotic, fiber, detox tea, energy fizz sticks and fit chews to make the 28 days bearable and to make sure we are consuming the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals.  Here is a glimpse of what the detox is about.

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Here is a sample day on the Arbonne 28 day detox

A SAMPLE DAY ON THE DETOX

So now you probably asking yourself what is Arbonne? Arbonne is a health and wellness company with a European heritage. Arbonne has an ingredient policy that prides itself of being pure, safe and beneficial. If you want to learn more click here.

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I will take you on my journey again. It helps me be accountable and I also want to share this detox because it really has changed my life for the better. This past summer was the first time in a LONG time I felt comfortable in my own skin, gladly put on a bathing suit and liked what I saw in the mirror. More importantly, I felt great and had more energy.  If you have any questions or comments please share in the comment question! So here we go…

Day One

Woke up weighed and measured my waist at belly button and also one inch below belly button. I went and had my probiotic and tea. I had to wait with my older son in the car at the bus stop because it was POURING rain, so I had my morning shake (frozen berries, scoop of vanilla and one scoop of protein, tablespoon of almond butter and 9 ounces of coconut milk) around 7:20am.  At around 8:15am  I went to the gym I ran intervals for 2 miles and then went to a 30 min TRX circuit class. I came home and made my recovery shake which was 1/2 a banana, 2 scoops of chocolate protein, one tablespoon of almond butter and 9 ounces of coconut milk.  At about 12:30pm I made myself an egg scramble with Tuscan kale, mushrooms, jalapeno, red pepper and red onion. It was really good!

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Before I left to pick up my youngest from school I had 2 fit chews. Later in the afternoon I closed my eyes for what I thought was 20 minutes turned out being 45 min!!! I should have had an afternoon  energy fizz stick. Since I over napped I was late with starting dinner so I wasn’t able to eat before 7pm. I made this paleo recipe my friend Amy gave to me. It is a Thai chicken stir fry with cauliflower rice. It was delicious!

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I am currently enjoying my night-time detox tea. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings. I am currently training for 10K in October so I have to run 4 miles tomorrow, but I promise to listen to my body.

Arbonne Detox Final Days

We were gone Memorial weekend came back Monday afternoon and I have been playing catch up all week. I apologize for not posting earlier. We went to the beach this weekend, to a resort that provided our meals. I was a bit hesitant about that, because I still had to introduce dairy and gluten back in. I knew I had to be flexible so I brought my protein powder and coconut almond milk. I also brought along digestion plus probiotic,  fit chews, fit fiber, energy fizz sticks and detox tea.  Breakfast was the easiest meal to eat because they had oatmeal, fruit and eggs. Lunch was a bit harder because it was usually a gluten based food. One day during lunch I had a shake. It worked out, because we didn’t want to leave the beach, clean up and go out to eat. On two different occasion for dinner we ate out. One time at a mexican place and another time at a hibachi grill. Which was ok for me, I stayed to what I thought was detox friendly, but both times I felt a little ick afterwards. I did have alcohol for the first time since finishing the detox and that went well. I was definitely not trying to over do it.

I finally introduced gluten back in the other day and I have to tell you it went ok, but I really don’t miss it.  This detox was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I am a much happier and healthier person for changing my eating habits. It is still not over. I actually lost another pound this week and this is with not exercising and having the weekend. It’s amazing what your body can do when it is clean of toxins.

Thank you for following me on my journey and I have hoped I have inspired some of you to take a look at some of your eating habits. This will always be a journey, I am not perfect, but I am glad I found something to get me out of an unhealthy eating rut I was in.

I will be back with my normal postings of the fantastic things that make an ordinary life extraordinary! Enjoy the last days of May!

 

Arbonne Detox: Integration Day 3 and 4

Sorry I didn’t post the last few days, they have been busy. Wednesday, I had lunch at a local restaurant that focuses on fresh organic local products. I decided to go for it and have their chicken stir fry with white basmati rice. They did have a gluten-free soy sauce so I had them use that instead of the regular soy sauce. I am happy to report that I did not have any side effects. I didn’t eat all the rice, which was a good step in the right direction for me.  For dinner I had a replacement protein shake, since I ate a little bit more in the afternoon.

Thursday I started to reintegrate corn. I think I did ok with soy, the only thing I realized was that if the soy was in a more processed food (ie) grocery store humus, frozen Asian food, I did have some discomfort in my belly. So I need to watch out for that. For lunch on Thursday I had a meeting at a Mexican restaurant and I ate the corn chips and salsa and had a guacamole salad. Happy to report no side effects. For dinner,  I was in a rush since I had to run to an evening meeting so I had a replacement protein shake.

On both mornings I had the same breakfast shake with half a banana and a probiotic. I am including the fiber every time I have a shake. I drinking the detox tea either iced or hot at night. I am also trying to snack at regular intervals, so I don’t put my body into starvation mode. This weekend we are headed to the beach. I am taking my protein to make shakes when needed, but other than that I am going to do my best to stick to the reintegration plan and not introduce anything new until Sunday. I will let you know how it all goes by Tuesday for sure.

I wish you all a happy and safe Memorial Day. I urge you all to take a moment and really think of what this weekend is all about and that is to remember those men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the freedoms we use on a daily basis.

Arbonne Detox Day 27 and 28

YYYYYYIIIIIPPPPPPEEEEE I survived! If I can do it, anyone can do it.  The biggest challenge  lies ahead for me and that is to take what I have learned and apply it to a non-detox life. Our detox leader posted this picture in our Facebook group and it says exactly how I feel.

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I can’t go back to the old me. The old me was unhappy when she put on her clothes, she was unhappy when she stepped on the scale, she was happy at the gym but then rewarded her hard work with food. Food is not a reward I am not a dog. Food is my machine’s fuel. It has been liberating to have four weekends where I didn’t over eat or drink. I didn’t have a guilty conscience for four Monday’s. I don’t have to vow to go to the gym 6 times that week to undo the damage. I am not a slave to my over eating guilt. It’s so nice to come home from a social function and not feel gross. It’s nice to have more energy and alertness. I feel so good and I hope this feeling and accomplishments are enough to help me not fall back to the old me.

Saturday, May 17th: Day 27

I was able to sleep in for a little bit. I got up and did my morning detox routine. I made a berry shake, I didn’t have my detox tea until later in the afternoon. Mid morning I had some almonds.  For lunch I had left over chicken with pea puree and salsa. Something I have learned from this is that homemade salsa or pico and guac can go with anything!  Mid afternoon I made my detox tea iced and with an energy fizz stick. I drank that while we were at my oldest son triathlon. We went to Mellow Mushroom (a pizza joint) for a celebratory  dinner for my sons accomplishment. I created my own salad. There was also a friend and fellow detoxer at Mellow Mushroom and she gave me a slice of her gluten-free, dairy free veggie pizza. It wasn’t bad. Thank you Brit for sharing!

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When we got home I had some fit chews and my detox tea.

Sunday, May 18th: Day 28th

Last official day of detox! I woke up and did my detox morning routine. It was more rushed this morning as we were going to Mass. When we got home I snacked on some almonds. For lunch I had turkey wraps. I went to the movies and just drank water. It was hard to not grab a handful of popcorn. I had a fizz stick and fit chews when I got home. For dinner I made sword fish with seasoned salt and coconut oil. I had Trader Joe’s Superfood Pilaf it has sweet potatoes, kale and quinoa. It was good. Trader Joe’s has a lot of detox friendly sides.

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So this is the end of my 28 day journey. I will still write about my transition week. I will reveal the amount of inches and weight I lost in tomorrow’s post. There are many things I am going to keep from the detox. I will continue to take the probiotics and have a detox tea. I will keep the protein shakes in the morning and always have fizz sticks and fit chews on hand. I will eat cleaning 80% of the time and 20% of the time I will eat or drink non detox food in moderation.

Thanks for following me on my 28 day detox journey. This isn’t the end it is only the beginning to a healthier me!